Bylaw sought for noisy turbines

wind-farm-noise-mapBy Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer
NORFOLK – A movement is afoot that could ultimately force wind turbine companies to shut down some units after dark. North Perth Coun. Warren Howard is touring Ontario building support for a common bylaw that would silence turbines after dark if they produce noise that is audible to residents nearby.

“The legal advice we have is we can enforce a `quiet night’ provision,” Howard told Norfolk council Tuesday. “Yes, we’ll be challenged. But the legal advice we have is we can win.” The Liberals’ Green Energy Act stripped municipalities of planning authority in the area of renewable energy projects several years ago.

In a recent ruling, a court said that Wainfleet Township had over-stepped its authority by trying to establish a large setback for wind turbines. However, the judge also said municipalities have the right to pass bylaws on nuisance issues that affect residents’ quality of life. The Ministry of the Environment’s allowable noise range in rural areas is 51 decibels. Howard and his allies believe this is too high. Ambient noise in rural areas after dark is in the range of 20 to 25 decibels. The proposed bylaw would cap allowable noise from wind turbines at 30 decibels. Read article

9 thoughts on “Bylaw sought for noisy turbines

  1. Hello?! Anybody home? “invalid security token”?!
    Oh yes Ms. Web mistress, sensorship is the power you wield. Your biased approach sucks. Are you a Liberal by chance?
    Erin Brochovich you are not. Good luck with Next terra.

    I no longer endorse this site.

  2. ‘…In a recent ruling, a court said that Wainfleet Township had over-stepped its authority by trying to establish a large setback for wind turbines…’
    I hate to be ‘picky’ but that is not strictly true!
    The lawsuit brought by Rankin was against a Bylaw he claimed was ‘illegal’.
    The Judge ruled that Wainfleet Township Council DID have the authority to approve the 2km Set Back Distance Bylaw.
    He then went on to rule that under the Green Energy Act the Bylaw would probably be ruled ‘invalid’ NOT ‘illegal’!
    I am still wondering how that lawsuit could have been seen as a 100% loss by Wainfleet and regret that Wainfleet didn’t appeal. I know their rationale was their concern at committing too much Wainfleet tax money, from a limited and small budget to such an appeal.
    Had they had access to the corporate welfare that the Rankins of this world are feeding off, and support from the tax funded MoE lawyers they may have done just that!
    I still believe that the Municipal Act, in spite of being rejected under the Green Energy Act so many times now, has never really been given a fair chance in any Ontario court!
    I wish these municipalities the very best of luck in their search for a ‘noise Bylaw’ and hope it may be successful.
    At the end of the day they will still have to fight the overwhelming and growing corporate welfare tax $s the Ontario wind energy industry receive and the bottomless pit of government ‘funds’, our own tax dollars, being used against us all……… 🙁
    This provincial government and the wind energy industry in Ontario make the mafia look law abiding!
    Andrew Watts

    • Legal is NOT lawful where the maxim of law that states legality is not reality should suffice,

  3. Super chic,
    Don’t give up. Don’t know why but sometimes it is difficult to post as the post page dosen’t always download or dosen’t download correctly.

  4. The world is watching – stupidity!

    ‘[excerpt] North Perth Coun. Warren Howard is touring Ontario building support for a common bylaw that would silence turbines after dark if they produce noise that is audible to residents nearby.

    “The legal advice we have is we can enforce a `quiet night’ provision,” Howard told Norfolk council Tuesday. “Yes, we’ll be challenged. But the legal advice we have is we can win.”

    The Liberals’ Green Energy Act stripped municipalities of planning authority in the area of renewable energy projects several years ago.’

    ‘[excerpt] Howard estimates it could cost as much as $50,000 to draft a common bylaw and $250,000 to defend it in court. Howard is on a speaking tour of municipal councils trying to raise funds for this initiative.’

    What about the group of mayors – that lobbied government –
    to strip municipalities of ………..
    ‘[excerpt] The Liberals’ Green Energy Act stripped municipalities of planning authority in the area of renewable energy projects several years ago.’

    Who are the kidders?
    The list please!

    • For pain and fortune……
      and, promises to be convincing.

      ‘[excerpt] Howard is on a speaking tour of municipal councils trying to raise funds for this initiative.’

      Are we all buying into this crap?

  5. This is a loophole in the law which could make IWTs shut down at night which would restrict the amount of money that can be made off from IWTs.

    Likely QP is already preparing to close this loophole in the law.

  6. *waves hand to you Canadians* !!
    different topic…………. just posting this for you to read.
    Check out this article, trying to express that Quebec has turbines …. see…
    Mary Drier, known wind supporter. Go tell her she’s wrong !!
    of course you don’t see it but she put a pretty photo taken from the snowmobilers with the back ground of Turbines on the front page.

    http://www.tuscolatoday.com/index.php/2014/03/05/snowmobile-trek-continues-for-caro-family/

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